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11 Years Later, Bunji And Fay Ann Keep The Love Sizzling Hot. Fay Wants 100 More.



It’s been 11 years since fans around the world celebrated the union of two of Soca music’s hottest people. Ian ‘Bunji Garlin’ Alvarez- a guy from the rural Wallerfield area scored big time when he found himself the woman of his dreams in Fay-Ann Lyons, the daughter of who else but, the King of Jump and Wave, Austin ‘Superblue’ Lyons. It seemed like a fairytale and now, 11 years later, these two still manage to keep the fire in their relationship, with Fay Ann this morning saying :

“Here’s to 11 years of no regrets and a hundred more with you ; The most awesome husband in the world! I love you and look forward to the “rocking chair” days! Stay weird my love.” 

Power couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons.

They travel the world together. She feeds him and he loves that. She manages the family’s affairs and despite public scrutiny at times, some often commenting that Lyons-Alvarez wears the pants in the relationship, what they have is working. “He’s not afraid to be in love and most importantly he is a family man,” Fay Ann told this morning. She’s hard at work, prepping for the upcoming Carnival 2018 season but of course, when it comes to her husband and her daughter, the ViQueen is always ready to smile and share her thoughts. We’d asked her what is it that makes her want to spend the rest of her life with Bunji still, and that was her response.

At midnight, her husband had taken to social media to share his feelings. “The clock hit midnight and here we are alright,” he said, almost sounding like he was about to ‘buss’ into a freestyle. He showed his followers his wife’s blinged out wedding bands in a photo that saw her place her index finger on her lips as if to tell the world, ‘hush’… he was smiling.

“I love you with everything to match you, my everything. It’s going to be one of them best and blessed days @fayannlyons”

The duo continue to stand with each other. Lyons Alvarez will be a part of Fantasy Carnival’s masquerade in 2018 with her very own section, ‘ATLANTA’, in the band’s presentation of ‘Isle of Olympia’. Together they will present two events in the year ahead, one, a boat ride called, Pree Dawn and the other a J’ouvert experience called ‘Santimanitay J’ouvert’. Fay Ann recently unleashed a new collaborative single with Ricardo Drue- a track called, “Another Level”, that hears her vocal skills mimic her early years in the biz. Bunji meanwhile is soaring into the upcoming season with several tracks to his credit already, among them a power contender called, “Soca and Rum,” which was released only last week. There’s no stopping them so while the critics keep talking, these two game changers are keeping the love sizzling hot and making that paper.

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DJ’s Being Paid for Play? Comedian and Radio Personality POWERFULLY States Her Claim.



Rachel Price is never to be toyed with. She’s a tough one when it comes to the business of entertainment in the Caribbean and while her words can be as stinging as her comedic expressions when she hits the stage, the proclaimed Queen of Caribbean comedy is often fearless when she has the proof to back her words. This morning, on the airwaves of urban frequency, RED 96.7FM, Price excitedly pounced on the topic of the Road March contenders and the race to the finish, suggesting that a competing frequency has been pushing its own agenda in playing Machel Montano’s music more than the music of the other competing artistes, and even going as far as to suggest that DJs at many radio stations were enjoying payment for airplay.

Patrice Roberts’ “Sweet For Days” has been a refrain for weeks. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank 

Calling for the people on the ground to be given the opportunity to decide on the Road March, Price said while she had no problem with the music receiving widespread rotation, she was bothered by the unfairness of the present situation. She noted that on the weekend when Montano’s song was released, the radio in her vehicle had been on the competing frequency, where for an extended period of time between driving to complete various errands, she had heard the song unceasingly wheeled and played.

Many are now taking to social media with their views following the weekend explosion of Machel Montano and Superblue’s “Soca Kingdom.” Many are in agreement with Price’s sentiments while others argue that Machel has the recipe for the Road March. It was also suggested this morning that the population had been brainwashed, a term that has been used to describe the Machel madness, for years.

Iwer George’s “Savannah” has suddenly been pushed back it would seem, with Montano’s weekend release. PHOTO CREDIT: Jermaine Cruickshank 

Iwer George, Patrice Roberts, Ricardo Drue and some say, Shurwayne Winchester all have tunes that are deserving of equal airplay for a chance at the coveted Road March – the song that is most played for masqueraders to cross the various judging points, on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. No airplay or little airplay would obviously equate to less than thunderous reception from the masses at fetes. When that is experienced, DJs then cast  the songs that receive little reaction to the back of the pack. FAIR OR NOT? You tell us.

Montano meanwhile, is preparing for his Machel Monday concert event he has aptly coined, “Soca Kingdom”. That takes place on February 5th with tickets being sold for $300, $600 and $1200 for General, VIP and Platinum All Inclusive, respectively. He performs at Army Fete on February 2nd at the Queen’s Park Savannah where as we understand it, every Road March contender will have the chance to show the crowd the strength of their contender prior to the Road March race.

 Ricardo Drue’s Intensity is certainly a Road March contender but airplay has been minimal. 

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Big Bean Riddim Highlights ‘Jai, Saucy, A Chutney King, Comedian FRESSHH and Others.



The Soca music catalogue’s splitting at the seams. There’ve been a number of powerful music releases for the upcoming Carnival 2018 season in Trinidad and Tobago and a new ‘riddim,’ which features the likes of Soca veterans Benjai, Tallpree and Ricki Jai, is now being unleashed for the world to enjoy.

With a no holds barred approach to the business of Soca and carnival, the Big Bean riddim is delivered at a time considered by many, as the peak period of the festive season. The mastermind behind the Project is Ziah who is a writer, artist, producer and social activist. He and his team are of the firm belief that Soca is no longer seasonal and does not solely belong to Trinidad and Tobago. He is adamant that the genre can be enjoyed year round and marketed at multiple destinations, even outside of the Caribbean.

Riding the riddim with ease is Benjai whose single, “Nah Fraid Dem” may very well be his testimony to all that he’s come up against in his life.  Benjai has been relatively quiet in recent time, but it is anticipated that this song will penetrate the soca circuit, leading to his arousal in the days ahead.

Denise Belfon teams up with Grenada’s Tallpree.

The riddim was produced collaboratively by New York based producer, Ziah and Big As Life Productions. Trinidad and Tobago’s Denise Belfon and Tallpree, who is Grenada’s cultural ambassador, teamed up on the track, “Wine Pon It”, while multiple time Chutney Soca Monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, Rikki Jai has unleashed, “Drink De Most Rum.” The riddim is rounded up by a young artiste by the name of Julius who comes hard with a track called, “Good Oh” and it’s further strengthened by a single called, “Down Dey” sung by comedic Instagram sensation, Fresshh.

US based comedian, FRESSSH is also on the riddim.

Not particularly categorized as a Groovy Soca riddim, the music offered has the potential to engage fans from around the world. Team member, Amor Ben believes the riddim offers multicultural appeal, and with a mindset that remains committed to showing that the Caribbean offers a smorgasbord of cultural diversity, the team of musical minds, is focused on getting the music out there.

Songwriters from across the hemisphere are said to have converged to deliver these amazing singles. “We have songwriters and producers from the US, Grenada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia,” said Ben, noting that it took about a month to get it all accomplished. “This riddim is simply a taste of just what Soca music has evolved to become. It demonstrates the fact that the genre is no longer owned by one island but rather, shared among the islands of the Caribbean and because of globalization, we can even say, the United States, Europe and beyond.”

| PRESS RELEASE – etceterathecompany

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